Disney's monorail shuts down, stranding 120 guests on board

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Disney World officials said a power outage during Sunday's severe weather brought a monorail train to a standstill, stranding dozens of passengers who were on board.

About 120 passengers had to be evacuated from the monorail, which went down late Sunday night.

Officials said the monorail stopped on a stretch of track between the Transportation and Ticket Center and Disney’s Wilderness Lodge.

Workers spent about 30 minutes trying to restart the train to return it to a station to unload the passengers, officials said.

Once those measures proved unsuccessful, the Reedy Creek Fire Department spent an hour evacuating the passengers from the monorail using a special stairwell device and other vehicles equipped with platforms, Assistant Chief Bo Jones said.

No injuries were reported, and there were no medical emergencies. Once lowered to the ground, the passengers were escorted to buses provided by Disney.

The monorail was inspected and will be back in service Monday, Disney officials said.

Disney said weather played a role in the outage but they did not confirm a lightning strike was the cause.